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DEFRA and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have reminded veterinary surgeons of their legal responsibilities under the Horse Passports Regulations 2009 and the key role they play in preventing horses that have been treated with certain veterinary medicines from entering the food chain.
In a letter to the RCVS on February 4, in which they ask the Royal College to help disseminate their advice, Nigel Gibbens, the Chief Veterinary Officer, and Catherine Brown, chief executive of the FSA, refer to the recent detection of the presence of phenylbutazone in a small number of slaughtered horses. They report that Defra and the FSA are working together to understand the cause of this and what long-term additional measures may been needed to stop it happening. ‘As an interim measure, however, we have agreed that we should sample all horses slaughtered for human consumption for the presence of phenylbutazone with immediate effect.’
The letter, …
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